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African Airlines Record 85% Passenger Traffic Increase – IATA

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International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed that African airlines, including Nigeria carriers, have recorded an 84 per cent increase in traffic in the continent.

According to the report, “Domestic passenger markets are recovering faster at 86.9 per cent of July 2019 levels than international markets which have reached 67.9 per cent of July 2019 levels,” 

Domestic travel represents a 62.3 per cent share of the airline passenger market while International travel represents 37.7 per cent of the airline passenger market

IATA also announced a 74.6 per cent growth in its global air traffic records.

The world’s airlines’ total traffic in July 2022, which was measured in revenue-passenger-kilometers, was up by 58.8 per cent when compared to July 2021.

“Globally, traffic is now at 74.6 per cent of pre-crisis levels,” the IATA report stated.

It stated that domestic traffic for July 2022 was up by 4.1 per cent compared to the previous year period and was now driving the recovery.

The IATA report stated that international traffic rose 150.6 per cent versus what was recorded in July 2021.

Speaking on the recovery, IATA’s Director-General, Willie Walsh, said, “July’s performance continued to be strong, with some markets approaching pre-COVID levels.

“And that is even with capacity constraints in parts of the world that were unprepared for the speed at which people returned to travel. There is still more ground to recover, but this is an excellent sign as we head into the traditionally slower autumn and winter quarters in the Northern Hemisphere.”

He added that aviation had continued to recover as people took advantage of their restored freedom to travel.

“The pandemic showed that aviation is not a luxury but a necessity in our globalised and interconnected world,” Walsh stated.

He noted, “Aviation is committed to continuing to meet the demands of people and commerce and to do it sustainably. We have set a goal to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, which is in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement.

“Governments will have the opportunity to support our commitment by agreeing to the long-term aspirational goal of net zero aviation CO2 emissions by 2050 at the upcoming 41st Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.”

He said, “With governments supporting the same goal and timeline, the association and its value chain partners could move forward with confidence towards a net zero carbon future.” 

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